The North East Development Commission NEDC has presented 120 operational vehicles to the military and other security agencies to enhance their operations in the fight against insurgency in the region.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq made the presentation at a ceremony in Maiduguri.
Hajiya Sadiya said the restoration of lasting peace and stability in the northeast is one of the cardinal objectives of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
According to the minister, to achieve sustainable peace in the region, there was a need for collaborative efforts and synergy among all stakeholders.
She expressed the renewed commitment of the President to secure the northeast and other parts of the country and also ensure socioeconomic development of the insurgence ravaged states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan represented by Senator Mohammed Ndume and the National Security Adviser rtd Major General Babagana Monguno all applauded the effort of NEDC in addressing the plight of security agencies by providing them with operational vehicles.
Managing Director North East Development Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali said the Agency was established to fast track the development of the region that was devastated by Boko Haram.
He observed that without lasting peace and stability, the Commission cannot perform its functions, hence the logistic support.
According to Alhaji Alkali, the ambulances and other medical equipment donated to the tertiary health institutions was to boost the fight against ravaging COVID-19.
Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum acknowledged the contribution of the federal government in the post insurgency recovery process, stressing that the security situation in the region was far better than 2014.
He called on people of the region to support the military and other security agencies to end the decade-long insurgency.
A representative of Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Adekunle Shodunke who received the vehicles on behalf of the military said the operational vehicles would serve as a force multiplier and spur troops in the frontline to rid the region of the menace of insurgency.
Radio Nigeria reports that the minister also presented keys of eight ambulances and 240 hospital beds to eight tertiary health institutions in the region.